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Melanie Clarke

Melanie is a Digital Marketer and TEFL Specialist at Vital Consular. Before taking up a Marketing role, she spent 3 years building up a rich knowledge of global legalisation processes on the operations team. When she's not working, Melanie enjoys attending music events and pursuing many creative interests including screen printing and merchandise design.
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Don’t lose access to the sites you love overseas – VPN for expats

Originally designed for business use, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) offers security and encryption of your data when using the internet. With increasing awareness of safety online often being an issue, using a VPN is becoming more popular, especially for those relocating or travelling overseas. What are the other benefits of using a VPN, and why is it quickly becoming a necessity?
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Intellectual Property – Do you have the correct legal procedures in place?

Trading overseas is often the next step for entrepreneurs looking to expand their markets to new audiences. You may have an idea or product which you've specifically designed to target an audience abroad, but prefer to conduct your business in a different country. Whatever your business setup, it's important to understand that your Intellectual Property is at risk of infringement in foreign markets if you don't have the correct legal protection in place.
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How To Get A Russian Visa In The UK – The Complete Guide

Applying for a Russian tourist or business visa from the UK can be a confusing process. With many documents required to apply, followed by a mandatory visit to a visa processing centre, it can be nerve wracking waiting to find out if you've completed all of the paperwork correctly. Here we've put together a 3 part straightforward and comprehensive guide on how to get a Russian visa from the UK.
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Connecting flights, do you need a transit visa?

Often when taking a long haul flight, you may be required to make a connecting flight to reach your final destination. This can be due to the logistics involved, or very often it can be more cost effective to take an indirect route. In these cases, you are classed as a transiting passenger within that country. It's important to consider whether you will need a visa to transit through a country however, even if you don't leave the airport. Does this apply to UK citizens in any popular travel destinations?
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Distance Learning Part 2 – Do Overseas Employers Accept Online Degrees?

Last time we turned the spotlight on online and distance learning qualifications, we identified which foreign embassies wouldn't accept these for legalisation. This could deter candidates from even applying for positions overseas in both Qatar and Saudi Arabia. But are online degrees accepted by overseas employers? And if so, is there any way for someone with an online qualification to get a job in these countries?
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Schengen Visa Guide Part 3 – How do you get a Schengen Visa Appointment ?

This is the third and final part of our Schengen Visa series. Many tourists choose to make the most of their trip to Europe by travelling to several countries in the Schengen zone, which is where the perks of a single visa application for multiple countries really comes into play. It does however also bring complications when it comes to knowing how to get a Schengen Visa Appointment.
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The Chinese Visa Centre – Avoid Any Surprises With Our Guide

Getting a visa to travel to China can be a long and extremely complicated process. China requires UK citizens to attend Visa Centres in person before they can be issued, which can feel like a scary prospect if you've never done it before. This post aims to guide you through the whole process, advising you of what to expect, so you won't be met with any surprises when you arrive!
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Education recruitment – an Interview With Munir Mamujee

Vital Consular are excited to announce that we have teamed up with m2r Education, where we aim to set a new precedent in recruitment support. In this interview, the Managing Director of m2r, Munir Mamujee, shares his thoughts on the growth of the education sector, why he feels his unique approach to recruitment is breaking the mould in his field and how the partnership with Vital will help him take this even further.
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Getting Married Abroad Part 1 – What’s involved?

Getting married abroad is becoming ever more popular. With guaranteed sunshine and photo opportunities in some of the most beautiful destinations in the world, it's easy to see why! But what's involved with getting married overseas in terms of paperwork, and once you're married, is your certificate legal in your home country? We're offering a two-part blog post on the before and after of the processes you need to know about.
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Certified or Notarised Translation – Which Do You Require?

A document often has to undergo translation if being used for any official purpose in an overseas country. If you were married abroad and didn't have an English version produced at the time, or are travelling to a country and require your English certificate for identification purposes, it can get confusing very quickly. Here we look at the two main types of translations, and the different situations in which your documents may require them.
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Legalisation And Aggravation – Inside Information From Our Runner

At Vital Consular we offer an urgent legalisation service, ensuring that anyone using their UK documents overseas can have them processed as quickly as possible if they're short on time. Wherever you are in the world, you don't have to go further than the post office to enjoy this speedy service. Our London office has a dedicated team of runners who go out daily submitting and collecting documents for you. Here's a look into a typical day for them, and how their expertise and knowledge allows us to offer you the most convenient and cost-effective urgent service possible.
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